Leah M.

Duford
Phone: 860-490-3906 Email: dufordl1@tcnj.edu
Online Teaching Portfolio: leahdufordteach@weebly.com

EDUCATION
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Second Major in Psychology May 2017
Magna Cum Laude; Cumulative GPA: 3.84/4.0

CERTIFICATIONS
C.E.A.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, State of New Jersey Anticipated Summer 2017
Successfully passed Praxis II Exam- Early Childhood Education: Content Knowledge July 2016
Successfully passed Praxis II Exam- Elementary Education: Content Knowledge July 2016
Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Certification May 2016

HONORS AND AWARDS
 Nominated by the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education March 2017
for the 2017 New Jersey Distinguished Clinical Intern Award
 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi March 2017
 Golden Key International Honor Society November 2016-Present
 Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology November 2016-Present
 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society May 2015-Present
 Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education November 2014-Present
 The College of New Jersey Honors Program August 2013-Present
 Harold W. Eickhoff Outstanding First-Year Student Award May 2014

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Student Teaching II Experience, Kisthardt Elementary School, Hamilton, NJ January 2017-May 2017
 Fostered a welcoming, comfortable, and trusting relationship with each of my 19 second-grade students
 Employed a variety of classroom management techniques with an emphasis on student responsibility
 Strategized multiple methods of differentiation for each content area to scaffold learning of all students
 Created engaging lessons and unit plans that were aligned to the Common Core State Standards
 Evaluated formative and summative assessments to create flexible groups for guided math and guided reading
 Developed a family engagement project which incorporated literacy, art, and mindfulness
 Implemented brain breaks using a program called “Fluency and Fitness©” to integrate curriculum content and exercise
 Attended parent-teacher conferences and contributed information at the second-grade data meeting regarding SGOs
Student Teaching I Experience, Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell, NJ February-April 2016
 Created a comprehensive and authentic second-grade unit study of three Native American tribes for 21 students
 Developed lessons for and facilitated a fluency-specific guided reading group of three students using three different texts
 Designed and taught a science lesson on Refraction utilizing the inquiry-based approach and integrated literacy
 Provided assistance and support to five advanced math students during their Everyday Mathematics independent work time
 Connected weekly read-alouds to curriculum concepts and character development
Practicum Student, Cranbury Presbyterian Nursery School, Cranbury, NJ September-December 2015
 Observed, supported, and participated in morning play with 10 two-year-old preschool students
Practicum Student, Greenbrook Elementary School, Kendall Park, NJ September-November 2015
 Taught fourth-grade mathematics and science lessons with a focus on differentiation and constructivist teaching strategies
Practicum Student, Town Center Elementary School, Plainsboro Township, NJ February-May 2015
 Collected anecdotal records tracking a kindergarten student’s academic, physical, and socio-emotional development and
analyzed the student’s progress throughout the semester
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Part-Time Teaching Assistant, The Learning Center, Lawrenceville, NJ August 2016-December 2016
 Facilitated and monitored afternoon indoor and outdoor play for Pre-K students
 Utilized the app, “Tadpoles,” to record the students’ daily activities, incident reports, behavior, and check-out
Little Lambs Part-Time Teacher, Little Lambs and Ivy Child Care Center, Simsbury, CT Summer 2016
 Organized indoor and outdoor play focusing on fine and gross motor skill development for Pre-K students
Junior Explorers Camp Counselor, Simsbury Parks and Recreation, Simsbury, CT Summer 2014-Summer 2016
 Facilitated outdoor games and art projects for four- to six-year-olds related to various themes
Preschool Classroom Assistant, Ewing Catholic Youth Organization, Ewing, NJ October 2013-May 2016
 Read stories, taught literacy lessons, and participated in stimulating activities with the students during center time

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Playground Explorers Camp Director, Simsbury Parks and Recreation, Simsbury, CT Anticipated Summer 2017
 Will work with the camp supervisor to plan a comprehensive and diverse camp program for six- to twelve-year-olds
 Will communicate and collaborate with my staff regularly to evaluate the effectiveness of the program
 Will actively supervise and participate in camp activities with the children and other staff members
College Ambassador, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ February 2014-May 2017
 Led campus tours to prospective students and families
 Guided and mentored incoming freshmen students as a Welcome Week Orientation Leader
 Served on the Selection Committee to select new Ambassadors who possess professional and personable qualities
 Served as an Overnight Hosting Coordinator by organizing screening sessions and interviewing potential hosts
Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority Inc., The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ September 2014-February 2016
 Planned and executed a successful Family Picnic and Mother/Daughter Luncheon as the Family Committee Chair
 Worked with the Alumni Committee Chair to create an Alumni and Family Newsletter
Honors Program Mentor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ September 2014-December 2014
 Attended the Honors Program excursion with freshmen students and led team-building activities
 Assisted freshmen students with class registration at the Honors Advising Meeting

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 Hamilton Township School District Professional Development Day
 Mindfulness in Education and Counseling Conference
 ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) Conference
 Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Families Conference
 Project Learning Tree K-8 Workshop
 Trauma Informed: From Roots to Results Workshop
 Sexual and Gender Identities Every Educator Should Know: A Workshop on LGBTQ Issues in the Classroom
 Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
o Classroom Management: New Perspectives Conference
o Conference for Aspiring Teachers
o The Special Education Conference
o The Literacy Across the Curriculum Conference
 New Jersey Education Association
o Educational Leadership Matters 2017 Conference
o Assessments—the PSI-PMI Way Workshop
o Developing Cultural Competence in Schools Workshop
o Learning in Two Languages Workshop
o Integrated Preschool: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward Workshop
o Educational Leadership Matters 2014 Conference
o The Bystander Bully: Empowering Students to Become Upstanders Workshop